Despite its health benefits, new research suggests that folate may not protect against breast cancer.
Researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK, analyzed 22 past
studies and found no evidence that higher folate intake may protect
against breast cancer. Overall, women's cancer risk remained virtually
unchanged with every 100 microgram (mcg) increase in daily folate.
Folate is found naturally spinach, oranges, orange juice, and dried
beans and peas, among other foods. Its synthetic form, folic acid, is
added to breads and breakfast cereals to protect against neural tube
defects, such as spina bifida.
Until more conclusive studies are completed, researchers warn that women should not consume large doses of the vitamin.
These latest findings were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
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